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PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 pm, Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.
Business 1. An ordinance amending the Zone Map of approx. 0.48 acres, located at 2050 N Canyon Road, from General Commercial and Two Family Residential to Medium Density Residential & authorizing a related development agreement.
Ryan Salmon is requesting approval of a rezone from the CG and R2PD zones to the HDR zone in order to build a twelve-unit apartment building over two properties on North Canyon Road. This request is associated with a request to change the General Plan designation of the north property from commercial to residential, and a concept plan that would be tied to this rezone request through a Development Agreement. The reason the HDR zone is being requested for a MDR (Medium Density Residential) zone density project is for the reduced yard requirements in the HDR zone. The related concept plan proposes an “L-shaped” apartment building fronting Canyon Road, with a surface parking lot hidden behind and accessed off of 2100 North. The building has six, one-bedroom units on each of the two levels, each around 800 square feet. The building elevations show a height of twenty-four feet (24’) to the parapet, and just under thirty-feet (30’) to the midpoint of the sloped roof features. For context, single-family homes have a permitted height of 35’. The site includes twenty-one off-street parking spaces and approximately 8,600 square feet of landscape/open space. There is no requirement for amenities for projects under twenty units in the HDR zone, but the applicant has provided landscaped space for around forty-one percent (41%) of the project area. 2. An ordinance amending the General Plan Map classification of approx. 0.23 acres of real property, generally located at 2050 North Canyon Road, from Commercial (C) to Residential (R). Ryan Salmon is requesting approval of a General Plan Map Amendment from Commercial to Residential in order to build a twelve-unit apartment building over two properties on North Canyon Road. This request is associated with a rezone request to HDR, and a concept plan that would be tied to the rezone request through a Development Agreement. The reason the HDR zone is being requested for a MDR (Medium Density Residential) zone density project is for the reduced yard requirements in the HDR zone. The related concept plan proposes an “L-shaped” apartment building fronting Canyon Road, with a surface parking lot hidden behind and accessed off of 2100 North. The building has six, one-bedroom units on each of the two levels, each around 800 square feet. The building elevations show a height of twenty-four feet (24’) to the parapet, and just under thirty-feet (30’) to the midpoint of the sloped roof features. For context, single-family homes have a permitted height of 35’. The site includes twenty-one off-street parking spaces and approximately 8,600 square feet of landscape/open space. There is no requirement for amenities for projects under twenty units in the HDR zone, but the applicant has provided landscaped space for around forty-one percent (41%) of the project area. 3. A resolution accepting an annexation petition for further consideration for approximately 9.1 acres of property generally located at 5500 N Canyon Road. North Timpview Neighborhood.
Annexation of multiple parcels owned by Scott and Ginny Smith,
UDOT, Utah County, and Provo City. This proposal will help with security of the Smith
property and City infrastructure. Utah County has prepared a deed to transfer a small
road parcel to the City upon completion of the annexation process.
4. A resolution appropriating $1,060,000 in the Mountain Vista Fund for completing the Mountain Vista Business Park Road construction project. In 2018 the Economic Development Division applied for and was granted approval for a matching grant to build half a mile section of road at the Mountain Vista Business Center. This section of road extends south of the roundabout in Mountain Vista Parkway to SR 75, also known as 1400 North in Springville. The grant award was specifically approved for utilities and infrastructure – including road paving, curb and gutter, with sidewalk on one side. It also included extensive improvements on SR75 to provide for acceleration and deceleration lanes for entrance and exit in the business park of a fast moving State road. The grant is funded from the Economic Development Administration, within the Department of Commerce at the federal level. At the time, the best engineering estimate for the road construction cost was approximately $3.6 Million dollars. At that time there was already funding sufficient to cover the majority of the matching grant, of which the City was obligated to cover the entire $3.6 Million dollars upfront and then reimbursed half that amount - $1.8 Million dollars. We have now arrived at that point in time to provide the additional funding to complete the project. 5. A presentation updating the Council and public on Accessory Dwelling Units. When the Council passed amendments related to the City ADU ordinance, a request was made that a report be given by zoning regarding permit status, complaints, and overall monitoring of the ADU change 6 months after the amendments. 6. A presentation regarding efforts addressing homelessness in Provo City- Community Action Services & Food Bank.
In an effort to understand more about resources dedicated to homelessness, various community partners will present about the work they do in Provo
City and the greater Utah Valley region. This week's presentation will be from Community Action Services & Food Bank. More information on the organization including how to access resources can be found here:
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops/Program:
Circles Program: https://www.communityactionprovo.org/circles/
7. A discussion on parking requirements in the Downtown core
Several planning items have brought attention to the need of changes
to parking requirements in the downtown core.
Many buildings downtown have little to no off street parking. If there is not a change of
use (i.e. restaurant to restaurant) there is no issue. However, if a new applicant wants to
change the use, then new parking requirements which they are often unable to meet are
introduced. This issue presents an unnecessary barrier for helping businesses relocate
to the Downtown area.
This item has been sponsored by Chair MacKay and Vice-chair Whipple.
8. A discussion regarding zoning code. This item is from the Council Issue Tracker. The issue has been sponsored by Councilors McKay and Whipple. Council members and Planning Staff have voiced the concern that our current Zoning Code needs to be modernized in some way. The sponsors specifically asked Staff to investigate Form-Based Code. For more information on Form-Based Code please review the memo sent to Council on April 24th. Additionally, the following video series is informative on the topic. The last time the Council was formally briefed on this topic was in 2017. 9. A discussion regarding housing policy in Provo. Through the new Council Issue Request system implemented in January 2023, Councilors submitted 7 requests related to housing. Staff recorded the requests but placed them on temporary hold to wait until the 2023 Utah Legislative Session ended as some bills then being introduced had the potential to affect the policy options of the Council. At the end of the Session and an evaluation of the housing bills’ effects on potential housing policy in Provo, Council staff sent out a survey to Councilors requesting they rank the 7 housing issue requests according to the order in which they would like staff to address them in a Work Meeting. This item's purpose is to explore policy options for the the #1 and #3 priorities, down payment and mortgage assistance and publicly posted public contact information on managed multifamily housing, respectively.
10. A resolution authorizing the Mayor to submit an application for a Utah County Municipal Recreation Grant to be used for restroom and playground improvements at Rock Canyon Park. Parks & Recreation requests resolution authorizing use of 2023 Utah County Recreation Grant for improvement of restrooms and playgrounds at Rock Canyon Park. 11. A discussion regarding water management programs for Provo City residents. On March 14, 2023, the Development Services, Public Works, Power, and Parks Departments made a joint recommendation about potential water management programs for Provo City residents. The Council directed staff bring program frameworks, as well as estimated costs and impacts, to a future Work Session. The departments have created several programs to help residents better use water in landscaping and better support their trees. Staff will share the programs with Council and have time for questions at the end. 10 minutes - Hannah Salzl 10 minutes - Public Works 10 minutes - Power 20 minutes - questions Adjournment